ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A University of Georgia graduate student has received a fellowship for his research on an invasive insect.
The school says Michael Bordeaux, a doctoral candidate, received $63,000 as a U.S. Department of Agriculture pre-doctoral fellowship.
The agency's National Institute of Food and Agriculture gives awards to pre- and postdoctoral students planning to pursue careers in plant and animal health, food safety, forestry, renewable energy or agricultural systems.
Bordeaux is a student in the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. He researches the exotic, invasive woodwasp Sirex noctilio.
Sirex noctilio was first detected in the U.S. in 2004 and identified in 2005. The woodwasp attacks and kills healthy, living pines. Losses of up to 60 percent of North American pines have been recorded where the woodwasp has been introduced.
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